I Ought to Be in Pictures by Neil Simon at Nutley Little Theatre
Directed by Alex Oleksij

Auditions will be held at Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley, 07110, on Sunday June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday June 13 at 7:30 p.m., with callbacks Wednesday June 15 at 7:30.  (Sides below)

Show dates are September 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24 at 8:00 pm and September 11, 18, & 24 at 2:00 pm.

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES is the story of Herb Tucker, a man who, sixteen years earlier walked out on his wife and children in New York to pursue a career as a screenwriter in Hollywood. One day his now nineteen-year old daughter, Libby, shows up at his door. Wanting to get into the movies as an actress, Libby expects Herb to help her as recompense for the years of neglect. A product of Neil Simon’s mature period, I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES combines comedy, drama and moments of genuine tenderness.

NEEDED: 1 Man, 2 Women

HERB (45-60): A formerly successful screenwriter, after three divorces, Herb’s life and career seem to be on the downslope. Basically, he is a man treading water both personally and professionally until his daughter suddenly comes back into his life.

Libby (19): On the surface, Libby comes across as cocky and supremely self-confident, but later reveals a great deal of vulnerability underneath. She has come out to California as much to rediscover her father as to create a career. The actress playing Libby should at least look like she could be 19. She should also be petite, as constant reference is made to her size throughout the play. (Note: Dinah Manoff won a Tony for playing this role on Broadway.)

Steffy (40): Herb’s girlfriend of the past two years, a makeup artist at Columbia Studios. A divorcee with two children, Steffy genuinely loves Herb but is becoming dissatisfied with their informal arrangement. Either they have to move on or she will move on.

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Scene 1 Libby & Steffy

Scene 2 Herb & Steffy

Scene 3 Herb & Libby

Scene 4 Herb

Scene 5 Herb & Steffy

Scene 6 Herb & Libby

PLEASE NOTE: (based on Equity and CDC guidelines)
Performers must be vaccinated to participate.
The director and creative team are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Proof of Vaccination will be asked for at the in person auditions by the Audition Proctor.
Masks are to be worn in the lobby of the theater, but may be removed during the audition.